Black Candle Women

Black Candle Women: a spellbinding story of family, heartache, and a fatal Voodoo curse

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Hardback Published on: 28/02/2023
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'[An] evocative and tender book . . . everyone who reads it will be enchanted like I was' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ reader review

A Read with Jenna Book Club Pick as Seen on the Today Show and named a Best Book of the Month by: Shondaland, MS. Magazine,, Reader's Digest, Katie Couric Media, AARP Sisters, Goodreads, BookRiot

'Propulsive and poignant, Black Candle Women concocts an intoxicating potion of warmth, wisdom, and wonder. This gorgeous debut novel is a sweepingly fashioned love story where romance and rebellion intertwine with fear and family. And the stakes are epic. I was completely and gladly under Ms. Brown's spell' AVA DUVERNAY


'All of you are cursed, you hear me?
An ugly death for the ones with whom you fall in love'

For generations, the Montrose women have lived alone with their secrets, their delicate peace depending on the unspoken bond that underpins their family life - Voodoo and hoodoo magic, and a decades-old curse that will kill anyone they fall for.

When seventeen-year-old Nickie Montrose brings home a boy for the first time, this careful balance is thrown into disarray. For the other women have been keeping the curse from Nickie, and revealing it means that they must reckon with their own choices and mistakes.

As new truths emerge, the Montrose women are set on a collision course that echoes back to New Orleans' French Quarter, where a crumbling book of spells may hold the answers that all of them have been looking for...

Rich in its sense of character and place, Black Candle Women is a haunting and magical debut from a talented new storyteller.


'If you like Practical Magic . . . you will love Black Candle Women' Jenna Bush Hager

'A big-hearted debut, with complex, flawed, and compelling characters I was rooting for every step of the way' E.M. TRAN

'Richly imagined and elegantly told, with plenty of satisfying secrets, heartaches, and twists' SADEQA JOHNSON

'A spellbinding romp. The Montrose women will have you clutching your pearls on this rollercoaster of a debut' CAROLYN HUYNH

'Written with warmth and an eye for detail, Diane Marie Brown's Black Candle Women explores the bonds of family and the magical power of belief to transform our lives' SHAUNA J. EDWARDS & ALYSON RICHMAN

'Black Candle Women is a compassionate novel about motherhood, sisterhood, independence, and the reflection and forgiveness required to break generational curses' DE'SHAWN CHARLES WINSLOW

'Brown deftly portrays an insular family of women in all of its complicated glory . . . The spiritual angle gives this powerful family drama a magical twist that will delight readers' BOOKLIST (starred review)

'Black Candle Women is a bold and tender story about three generations of women each attempting to find their way amidst the gifts and curses they've inherited . . . This novel is a wondrous celebration of womanhood' CLEYVIS NATERA

Early readers are LOVING Black Candle Women!

'I LOVED IT SO SO MUCH. Magic? A cursed family tree? Badass women? This was an adventure from start to finish and it was my pleasure to read'

'What a fascinating story about some amazing women. I was caught on page one and stayed captivated until the very end. Bravo!!'

'This book was amazing from start to finish. I was so captivated by each of the characters'

'I was invested from the first page and really loved these characters and their story'

  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781035404230
  • Number of pages: 368
  • Weight: 580g
  • Dimensions: 234 x 158 x 34 mm

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Black Candle Women
A beautiful, tender debut full of heart, pain, curses and the bonds of family
I devoured this book! I’m not one to fly through a book, but I loved embroiling myself in the lives of the Montrose women. They are fiery, fierce, complex ... READ MORE